Sanatorium, Istanbul: The Laboratory of Life

The Laboratory of Life


Can Pekdemir, "Harekete Direnen Kemikler I ve III"// "Bones Resisting to Movement I and III", 50 x 50 cm, Arşivlik pigment baskı, Diasec //Archival Pigment Print ,Diasec, 5 + 1 AP, 2013

The point of departure for the group exhibition at Sanatorium, between January 31st and March 2nd, 2013, is French sociologist Bruno Latour's examination of a biology laboratory, working with animals,—Laboratory Life. In the book, laboratory life is considered as a work space, a social arena that determines and directs scientific reality, exposing the fallibility of information produced in such a context. 

The exhibition Laboratory of Life consists of a series of visual experiments that consciously disrupt the reality presented by positive sciences and/or the feelings of familiarity in our perception of the environment. The included subjects range from anatomy to the footprint on the moon to the quantum theory to new life forms. The topics of these experiments resemble the scientific field's, researching the wonderful possibilities of life through visual representations, suggesting to think of life as an entity independent of all categories and scientific processes.

The artists included in the exhibition are Bora Başkan, Cins, John Conway, Yunus Emre Erdoğan, Ece Gökalp, Sinem Mucur, Can Pekdemir, Berke Soyuer and Elif Süsler. The exhibition is curated by Elif Gül Tirben.

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